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1  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Sweet Mountain (1974) on: July 12, 2019, 06:25:45 AM
Here's another fun little mix I worked on at the same time. Using the original unreleased single album's tracklist, I remade the In Concert album as more Carl-centric, less oldies-oriented collection of the new progressive sound they had back then. Enjoy!

The Beach Boys In Concert: Long Promised Road
Released fall 1973
Recorded summer 1972-spring 1973
Produced by the Beach Boys

1. Long Promised Road
2. Leaving' This Town
3. Heroes & Villains
4. Marcella
5. California

6. Let The Wind Blow
7. Help Me Rhonda
8. Wild Honey
9. Wonderful/Don't Worry Bill
10. It's About Time
2  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Sweet Mountain (1974) on: July 11, 2019, 08:07:35 AM
Surely an album from this period would include the commercial "It's O.K"? Gives Mike something to do also!

My 1974/75 album is quite similar actually:

1. River Song
2. Good Timin'
3. Barnyard Blues (any reason you left out this one?)
4. Hard Times
5. Out in the Country (original version)
6. Carry Me Home

7. It's O.K
8. Rainbows
9. San Miguel (Carl needs another lead)
10. We Got Love
11. Holy Man
Great lineup of songs, but it could never have been an actual album lineup, even with Blondie and Ricky still in the band - due to the lack of ANY Mike Love leads. Not even one partial lead! Despite Pet Sounds being Brian's show, Mike at least still had a few leads there...

I agree that this mix needs more Mike lead vocals, but here's the thing. The songs and order I chose was more aesthetic choices than logical/"must have one of each Beach Boys leads on every songs", etc. Plainly, I wanted to recapture the kind of mood created on listening to full LPs like Holland and Carl & The Passions - 'So Tough'. Also, I wanted to keep the lenght to about 36-38 min, which was the usual duration of those albums. Also, to keep a similar sound, I wanted to keep outtakes from the Blondie & Ricky-era (1972-1974), so no Sunflower/Landlocked outtakes used here.

I toyed with the idea of adding Sweet & Bitter to the list to have a Mike song but, to be honest, it's not one of my favorites and the mood was too much uplifting and "Sunflower-esque" compared to the rest of the tracks. The same can be said for It's OK and Barnyard Blues. I absolutely love both songs, but aesthetically my cutoff point was all session work done before the release of Endless Summer. "My Love Lives On" was another one who didn't make the cut because it sounded too much like a demo or Dennis solo and not enough backing vocals. In this timeline, the Caribou Ranch sessions never happened.

So, let's just pretend that for this 1974 "Sweet Mountain" LP alternate-universe, Mike would have left the band (due to creative conflict with the band being too progressive and not commercial enough) to become a full-time TM teacher and Al went on a kind of semi-retirement to his country home. Carl and Dennis (with a little help from Brian) would try to make the best of creating the LP, much like the remaining Byrds did back in 1968 on "The Notorious Byrd Brothers".

So, no Endless Summer and no "Brian Is Back" and 15 Big Ones, the LP is released in late 1974 to great critical acclaim but poor sales. The band then decides to break up and go on solo careers and albums in the next couple of years (Brian's "Brian Loves You", Dennis' "Freckles", Mike's "First Love", Blondie Chaplin's self-titled album, Al's "Postcard from California" and Carl's self-titled LP). Ricky join the Rutles and...voilà!

3  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Sweet Mountain (1974) on: July 10, 2019, 04:58:43 PM
This is my definitive version fanmix of an unmade 1974 follow-up to the Beach Boys' Holland album. I reassembled previous tracks of versions of my mixes Sweet Mountain, California Feeling and Caribou Ranch albums into a cohesive, 10-track LP that would come up to about the same length as Holland. This LP would have been released in late 1974, The Boys still with Blondie & Ricky, and no Endless Summer released. Instead on working on the failed Caribou Ranch sessions, the group (now led by both Carl & Dennis) would have worked on outtakes from previous albums (Hard Times, We Got Love, Sweet Mountain, Out in The Country, Carry Me Home) and new songs (Good Timin', The River Song, Shortenin' Bread, Rainbows, Holy Man).

Of course, what may be most controversial about this mix is the lack of real Beach Boys vocals on 3 tracks. I tried to keep the same kind of mood created on the Carl & The Passions and Holland albums, so with the limited songs we have from this era, I selected Don Goldberg's Out in The Country remake (which has a original Beach Boys backing track and could have been sung by Mike), Spring's Sweet Mountain (to me one of the greatest "lost" Brian production after SMiLE, which could have been sung by Carl, Mike and Brian) and Taylor Hawkins' wonderful remake of Dennis' Holy Man (which could have been sung by Carl). I you can get past this weird "no Beach Boys on this track" effect, just try to enjoy this LP as is.


Side A

1. Good Timing (Brian Wilson/Carl Wilson)
2. The River Song (Dennis Wilson/Carl Wilson)             
3. Hard Times (Blondie Chaplin/Ricky Fataar)                   
4. Out in The Country (Brian Wilson/Al Jardine)       
5. Carry Me Home (Dennis Wilson/Gregg Jakobson)         

Side B

6. Shortening Bread ( arr. by Brian Wilson)
7. Rainbows (Dennis Wilson/Stephen J. Kalinich/Carl Wilson) 
8. We Got Love (Blondie Chaplin/Ricky Fataar/Mike Love)
9. Sweet Mountain (Brian Wilson/David Sandler)
10. Holy Man (Dennis Wilson/Taylor Hawkins/Gregg Jakobson) 
4  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Ronny and The Daytonas on: June 08, 2019, 06:56:31 AM
Their album Sandy from '66 is low-to-no budget Pet Sounds. It's a must-listen for fans of Today-era Beach Boys and Brian productions. Fantastic melodies with beautiful chords and twists and turns.

Here's the tracklist. It's on this "Complete Recordings" set on Spotify, but here's the tracklist
1. Sandy
  2. Hold Me My Baby
  3. Baby Say No
  4. When Stars Shine Bright
  5. Be Good to Your Baby
  6. If I Had My Way
  7. Then the Rains Came
  8. Nanci
  9. Somebody to Love Me
  10. Come Into My Heart
  11. I'll Think of Summer
  12. So in Love
  13. Goodbye Baby
  14. Teenage Years

Absolutely agree on this. I discovered the LP a few years back and I blown away by it. I really love the song "When Stars Shine Bright". This album is in the same vein/mood as Marc Eric's Midsummer Day's Dream and Jan & Dean's Save For A Rainy Day.
5  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Soulful Old Man Sunshine (1969) on: June 07, 2019, 08:56:10 PM
This is my alternate-universe fanmix follow-up album to the Beach Boys' Friends LP (1968), which would have come out instead of 20/20, featuring songs (and most vocals) by Brian Wilson. Enjoy! Smiley

SOULFUL OLD MAN SUNSHINE (Released December 1969)
Produced by Brian Wilson

Side A

1. Soulful Old Man Sunshine (MIC Mix)
2. We're Together Again (MIC Mix)
3. Time To Get Alone (Hawthorne, Ca Mix)
4. Walkin' (I Can Hear Music: The 20/20 Sessions)
5. Walk On By (seltaeb extended mix)
6. I Went To Sleep  (MIC Mix)

Side B

7. Break Away (Youtube mix w/ added tag vocals from Harmony Friends)
8. Sail Plane Song  (MIC Mix)
9. Where is She ? (MIC Mix)
10. All I Wanna Do (I Can Hear Music: The 20/20 Sessions)
11. Ol' Man River (I Can Hear Music: The 20/20 Sessions)
12. Been Way Too Long (I Can Hear Music: The 20/20 Sessions)
6  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Holy Man Record Store Day on: May 03, 2019, 09:10:44 AM
I didn't mind that Roger Taylor vocal at the end. I used it on my own remix of the best bits of the Taylor Hawkins' version and Queen's.

I totally agree with what c-man mentionned earlier, the extra backing vocals add more to the song and I think would be closer to what a full 1974-75 production would have been like.

7  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: The 'Caribou' Album (1973-1975) Compilation Mix on: April 01, 2019, 05:11:53 PM
What you see as sh*t I see as art. What you think is BW's descend into madness following the death of Murry is to me a extremely fascinating glimpse into the unknown of the human psyche. Pretty much like Love You, it is "Art Brut". DW was also hitting his peak as an artist.

I love this period, that I why I wanted to share this here, because I find artistic value in it even if im' alone in this. If someone like John Cale would have released something as weird as "Shortenin' Bread" back then, it would have become an art rock classic. To each his own, I suppose...cheers!
8  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / The 'Caribou' Album (1973-1975) Compilation Mix on: March 21, 2019, 06:32:48 PM
As some of you might know, im' a big fan of this mostly unheard era of the group. This "missing link" unknown period between "Holland" and "15 Big Ones" is really fascinating. A while ago, I wondered why Rhino Handmade hasn't focused on a release of this yet.

So then, I made my own compilation from these sessions. I started working on this after completing my fan mix of the fake 1975 LP California Feeling (which you can find easily if you search a bit here). I wanted to recreate an early 1975 album with only (mostly) mixes from this era.

Maybe by 2024 or 2025, we'll get a similar release. But maybe we'll never get to hear songs like "Clangin","Why Don't You Try Me?", "Earthquake Time", "Don't Let Me Go", "You're Riding High On The Music", "Our Life, Our Love, Our Land and "Just An Imitation"...

So, I decided to use all the main available booted sessions from 73 to 75 to construct the "main album", while adding little bonus tracks from the same era at the end. Since the original LP was supposed to be released in early 1975, I didn't include later sessions from that year like "Back Home", "Carl's Song", "Everyone's In Love With You".
Anyway, here it is if you want a listen and my little comments for each tracks:


1. Good Timing (Partial Mix) - Best mono mix of this I found on the Beach Boys Anthology bootleg
2. The River Song (Early Mix) - See last track
3. Shortening Bread (Mono Mix) - All This Is That boot. Why mono? 'Cause the drum sound is so much more kick-ass! (yeah, the vocal is from 1977, so sue me!)
4. Battle Hymn Of the Republic (Unedited Take) - The infamous cover song found on Get The Boot vol.2. Though by many to be an horrible cover, I personally think it's a real funny take on the song with a quirky arrangement. Imo, it's not really all that different from a quirky song like "H.E.L.P. Is On The Way". Maybe it was a joke made on Mike Love, but I still get a kick out of that silly piccolo-esque synth. Brian was already moving toward the weirdness of "Love You".
5. Barnyard Blues - The MIC mix. Love this Dennis and Carl number!
6. Brian's Tune (Rollin' Up To Heaven) - The great jiggy22 cleaned-up remix found on Youtube

7. It's OK (Single Mix) - This original 45 mix (with vocals from 1976) from Ten Years of Harmony. Love that extra synth overdub!
8. Pacific Ocean Blues (Backing Track) - From boot. Personnally, I think Mike Love would have nailed the lead on this. Maybe even Carl!
9. My Love Lives On (Demo) - From MIC. Such a beautiful song. Such a shame this was never released back then...
10. Lucy Jones (Demo) - From California Feeling vol.2 and featuring Steve Kalinich on vocals. Not a great song per se, but hey it's a demo. A more, fully-fleshed track similar to "Marcella" with an Al vocal could have turned this into a great fun romp!
11. California Feelin' (Demo) - Featuring Brian in one of his last clear vocals, this demo from MIC is a great vocal coda before…
12. Holy Man (Backing Track) - This Dennis track would have been an amazing album closer, of course featuring a lovely lead vocal from Carl.

Total running time: 36 min


13. Child Of Winter ('74 Xmas single A-side) - Original 45 Mix from the 70s WB compilation The Works
14. Ding Dang ('74 Xmas single B-side) - The "alternate mix" from boots
15. Good Timing (Backing Track) - Unknown mix from Youtube
16. In The Back Of My Mind ('75 Version)
- This heartwrenching rendition from Brian, featuring his last pre-15 Big Ones voice, close the whole mix with an emotional bang.


Additional liner notes (by user Peerke from Hoffman board):

The Beach Boys were hot in 1974. They were even elected "Band of the Year" in Rolling Stone, in their end of the year poll. But it was entirely on the strength of their live show….

There was no new material released during that period. Not that they didn't try: not one, but two more unreleased Beach Boys albums were attempted.
And then there are contributions to other people's singles.

After Beach Boys manager Jack Reilly wanted to stay in Holland, he was replaced by James William Guercio, producer and founder of the band Chicago. Guercio had recently built Caribou Ranch, a recording studio in a converted barn on ranch property in the Rocky Mountains near Nederland, Colorado.

So, when Elton John recorded his Caribou album, in the studio, in January 1974, Carl Wilson and Bruce Johnston were asked to contribute backing vocals to 'Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me'. The song is released as the first single of the album, on June 10, 1974 in the US and reached # 2 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Obviously, when The Beach Boys, in the Fall of 1974 attempt to record a new studio album, Caribou Ranch is a natural choice.

According to Mike, some 40 songs were recorded: “Brian is very involved with the album. We did two tracks of his before we left to go on tour and he did three tracks while we were away. I’ve written about ten songs, Carl about five, and Al’s done a couple.

I have this one song ‘Our Life, Our Love and Our Land’, it’s kind of an ethnic thing and has the feeling of ‘Trader’ from Holland. Al has this incredible thing about a landslide… There’s a Carl song, ‘Don’t Let Me Go’, which I wrote lyrics to… There’s a Brian song that is reminiscent of ’Surfer Girl’, called ‘Good Timing’. He also wrote another tune, which is very up and bouncy. The album’s a combination of Sunflower and Holland.”

But, the recordings were continued in the brand new Brothers Studio in Santa Monica. Engineers Steve Moffitt and Gordon Rudd have equipped it with the newest 24- and 16-tracks recording equipment. "When we got back [from Holland]", Steve Moffitt explained, "the equipment went into storage for about a year before Carl and Dennis asked me to help put Brother together. Since then it’s been a twenty-hour-a-day job for me.”

Dennis produces an early version of his 'River Song' with the band and Brian still has the wildest ideas. Mike recalls a proposition to record an album full of “helpful hints”. How to get dressed quicker: practise you can get your arm faster in and out of your sleeve. With a lot of practise you can gain valuable seconds when you're late for work… And how to avoid falling objects… "The whole thing was typed out one night. He stayed up all night, that’s the kind of guy he is – completely maniacal, humorous, just deadpan… How you put it into an album, I’ll never know.”

As time went by it leaked out that the sessions produced mostly incomplete tracks.

To quote by Andrew G. Doe, author of "The Complete Guide To The Music Of The Beach Boys":

"'Good Timin'' surfaced on L.A. (Light Album) in a revised form but based on the 1974 tape while 'Ding Dang' (also referred to as 'Rolling Up To Heaven') was released on The Beach Boys Love You, albeit in a completely re-recorded version.

A completely new (2001) recording of 'California Feelin'' appeared on the 2002 compilation The Beach Boys Classics Selected By Brian Wilson. The 1978 Carl Wilson-sung version was released on the Made In California boxset.

The legendary 'Battle Hymn Of The Republic' was included on an initial lineup of Endless Harmony - that is, until the compilers actually heard it, whereupon it was swiftly dropped. The charitable opinion is that Brian was having one of his musical jokes and making lead vocalist Mike look a complete idiot in the process: it is truly, truly awful."

After the sessions Ricky Fataar leaves the band, joining Joe Walsh's Barnstorm.

During the Caribou sessions, the band Chicago was recording the album Chicago VII in one of the other studios. It was a dream come true for Peter Cetera: "There's two people that I always wanted to be, and that was a Beatle or a Beach Boy. I got to meet the Beach Boys at various times and got to be good friends with Carl Wilson."

So Peter asked Alan, Carl & Dennis to contribute backing vocals to the bridge and chorus of one his songs: 'Wishing You Were Here'.
"'They said, 'Yeah, we'd love to,'' he recalls. "So, I got to do the background harmonies with Carl and Dennis (Wilson) and Alan Jardine. For a night, I was a Beach Boy."

The song is released as a single and becomes #11 on the Billboard hit list.

The members of the two bands seem to like each other, so James Guercio suggests a national tour.
From May to June 1975, the Chicago-Beach Boys tour filled stadiums from coast to coast. During 12-city SRO series of shows - the 'Beachago' tour, each band did a set before combining in a joint finale, where Chicago performs a few of their song ('Wishing You Were Here' and 'Saturday In The Park' with Beach Boys on backing vocals, while the Beach Boys perform four songs with the Chicago horn section ('God Only Knows', 'Darlin', 'California Girls' and 'Fun, Fun, Fun'.

The last two songs are a combined effort: 'Feelin' Stronger Every Day', is performed as a duet with lead vocals by Mike Love and James Pankow and 'Jumpin' Jack Flash' is sung by Mike Love. Occasionally Bobby Lamm sang 'Surf's Up'.

Several shows are recorded for a possible live album, that, regretfully, never was released. Perhaps it was felt that two live albums back to back were too much of a good thing.
9  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: No Endless Summer on: March 11, 2019, 08:17:17 PM
Beach Boys would release an album which included River Song.

And a follow up to Holland.

You mean like this? Wink
10  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: My '74 outtakes album on: January 03, 2019, 10:59:06 AM
Great list, except I’d open side 2 with Awake and finish with Barbara.

That's a nice way to start side B (Awake), I like it! And Barbara is such a powerful song that it also works as a closer!

My thought process was starting side-B with something similar to how "Hold On, Dear Brother" kicks off side-B of "Carl & The Passions - So Tough", with a Ricky/Blondie number.
Closing with "Awake" on my side-B, I wanted a similar feeling to The Beatles' closing song of the White Album, "Good Night". A sort of a lullaby-esque epilogue/farewell to the whole album.

Barbara was hard to figure out. I simply didn't want it next to another Dennis song, but I wanted it to be on the second "slower/ballads" side.
11  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / My '74 outtakes album on: January 03, 2019, 05:49:34 AM
Hey guys! Happy New Year! Here's a new  mix I cooked up during the holidays, a fake 1974 LP featuring outtakes from 1970-1972 and featuring the Ricky/Blondie band lineup (now with more Don Goldberg!). It features my own remixes of the Dennis tracks "Carry Me Home" and "Iv'e Got  a Friend".
Think of it as a kind of "Carl & The Passions - So Tough Pt 2"

Enjoy! Cool Guy

THE BEACH BOYS - IT'S A NEW DAY (released February 1974) (35:45)

Side A (15:45)

1. It's A New Day (recorded 1971)
2. Hard Times (recorded 1972)
3. Sweet and Bitter (Don Goldberg/Mike Love) (recorded 1970?)
4. Out in The Country (recorded 1972?)
5. Carry Me Home (recorded 1972)

Side B (20:00)

1. We Got Love (recorded 1972)
2. Barbara (recorded 1971)
3. Won't You Tell Me (recorded 1971)
4. I've Got A Friend (live) (recorded live 1972 in Munich, Germany)
5. Awake (recorded 1971)

Thanks to Scott G and Steamboat 551 for their awesome remixes of some of these outtakes!
12  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Imaginary album: Soulful Old Man Sunshine (1970) produced by Brian Wilson on: December 14, 2018, 10:28:13 AM
Hi everyone! This is my little X-mas gift to you all.

I compiled an imaginary 1970 Last Capitol LP produced by Brian and featuring only songs by Brian created from 1968 to 1970, adding songs from the recently released set I Can Hear Music: The 20/20 Sessions (which is amazing! As is Wake the World).

In this context, I imagined a last post-Sunflower LP that the Boys owed to Capitol Records, and Brian deciding to say "f*** it" and release an arty LP completely produced by him, featuring his own personnal wacky and commercial collection of songs!

Special thanks to user "floweringtoilet" for the cover art.

Enjoy the good vibes! Smiley

produced by Brian Wilson

Side A

1. Soulful Old Man Sunshine (Brian Wilson/Rick Henn)
Lead: Carl
2. We're Together Again (Brian Wilson/Ron Wilson)
Lead: Brian
3. Games Two Can Play (Brian Wilson)
Lead: Brian
4. H.E.L.P Is On The Way (Brian Wilson)
Lead: Mike
5. Take A Load Off Your Feet (Brian Wilson)
Lead: Al & Brian
6. Carnival (Over The Waves)/I Just Got My Pay (Brian Wilson)
Lead: Mike

Side B

7. Good Time (Brian Wilson/Al Jardine)
Lead: Brian
8. Where is She ? (Brian Wilson)
Lead: Brian
9. Sail Plane Song (Brian Wilson)
Lead: Brian
10. My Solution (Brian Wilson)
Lead: Brian
11. Ol' Man River/Old Folks At Home (Oscar Hammerstein II/Jerome Kern/Stephen Foster arr. by Brian Wilson)
Lead: Group
12. Been Way Too Long (Brian Wilson)
Lead: Group
13  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: The eternal SMiLE mix... on: October 29, 2018, 04:47:43 PM
Thanks for the kind comments, Bicycle Rider. Im' sorry you don't like the Psychedelic Sounds over a few of the tracks. In my mind, I think Brian would have used humor on the record as something similar to Jan & Dean's Filet of Soul or The Appletree Theatre's Playback (check it out if you haven't, I think it's a really nice psych LP:

The idea for the reprise of "My children were raised" in H & V came when I took the differents heroes chants from pt 2 as a kind of solo (a "vocal" solo if you will instead of a guitar solo) before ending the song with the reprise. Now the children are not "often" wise as they were at the start of the song. They became "healthy and wise".

Also, I personally think "Wonderful" works great in the Americana section, being a kind of a metaphorical song about the rape on the "indian" land (the "non-believer" being the white man). This is why I kept it in the "Past" movement.

Im' swamped with my new job right at the moment, but one day i'll get to a stereo mix somehow!

SydBarrett, i'll see what I can do about it. Cheers!


14  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / The eternal SMiLE mix... on: October 28, 2018, 11:54:44 AM
Like most of fans, I tried my hands at SMiLE mixes over the years (and i'll probably continue 'til I old and gray!). This is my most recent update on my mix, made from strictly FLAC sources when possible, edited to mono via Audacity and following the classic "America/Elements-no more than 12 tracks" template. So if you're looking for an far-out, crazy experiment mix, I guess this mix isn't for you. There are plenty of great fan mixes out there (Pocket Symphony, SMiLE AD,etc.) if you seek something like this.

My personal mix is made like any classic 60s albums, with banded tracks. Thematically, it's 2 movements ("Americana, The Past" & "The Present, The Elements and The Future") with one on each sides. It also feature (most prominently in "The Elements") humor skits from "the Psychedelic Sounds" recordings.

Happy listening! 3D

Side A (21:11) Americana, The Past

1. Heroes & Villians
-Pt1 & 2 - 6 min original single edit based on the "Early Version Outtake Sections" vintage mixes compilation on the Smile Sessions

2. Do You Like Worms
-From The Smile Sessions mixed with SMiLE AD vocals from 2004 version+additional Bicycle Rider chorus vocals from SOT 17 boot

3. Im' In Great Shape
-The "Barnyard Suite" goes like this: Great Shape+Barnyard+I Wanna Be Around(mixed with "Swedish Frog" vocals)+ Friday Night

4. Wonderful
-From The Smile Sessions. I think the song fits perfectly here and gives breathing room between 2 weird collage-like short songs.

5. The Old Master Painter
-From The Smile Sessions + restored vintage mono mix from SOT 17

6. Cabin Essence
-From The Smile Sessions

Side B (20:45) The Present, The Elements and The Future

1. Good Vibrations
- Endless Harmony DCC Mix

2. Vega-Tables
- From The Smile Sessions + Vegetables Arguments mixed with fade

3. Wind Chimes
- 30 years of GV Box+ The Smile Sessions Psychedelic Sounds mixed with tag

4. The Elements
- Fire: Mrs. O' Leary's Cow - SOT 17 mono mixed with SMiLE AD Vocals
- Water: I Love To Say Da-Da - 30 years of GV Box mixed with The Smile Sessions Psychedelic Sounds

5. Child Is Father Of The Man
- From The Smile Sessions edited to full 3 min song as vintage Brian Wilson mixes.

6. Surf's Up
-From The Smile Sessions + Bruiteur Mix + George Fell Into His French Horn
(Outro:Prayer reprise)
15  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Alternate Surf's Up LP on: October 16, 2018, 09:43:35 AM
Great mix, DonnyL!

My prefered lineup is this one:

Don't Go Near The Water
Long Promised Road
Sound Of Free
Disney Girls
Big Sur (4/4 version)
4th of July

Feel Flows
Lookin' At Tomorrow
Lady (Fallin' In Love)
A Day in the Life of a Tree
'Til I Die (Desper remix)
Wouldn't It Be Nice (To Live Again)
16  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Caribou Ranch (1975) fanmix on: October 16, 2018, 09:40:21 AM
Hi Guys! Sorry to rebump my old thread, but I remade my imaginary 1975 LP mix with brand-new spanking remixes. Enjoy!

The lineup goes like this:

Side A: Good Timing (Remix)/The River Song (Remix)/Shortening Bread (Soniclovenoize Remix)/Back Home (MIC mix)/Barnyard Blues (MIC mix)/Pacific Ocean Blues (Remix - In my mind, Mike would have the taken the lead on this)

Side B: It's OK (MIC mix)/Rainbows (Alternate mix - Carl would have sung this one)/Had To Phone Ya (Remix based on Scott G's version)/My Love Lives On (MIX mix)/California Feeling (Remix)/Holy Man (Would have loved to hear a full-on Carl lead on this…we'll do with the Taylor Hawkins version)
17  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Have the Beach Boys ever had any good film/video promos? on: June 04, 2018, 06:34:46 PM
I really dig the "Long Promised Road" one with Carl:
18  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Caribou Ranch (1975) fanmix on: May 23, 2018, 08:48:25 AM
Hello all!

Sorry for my outburst last time I was here; I was going through a rough patch personally but now it's a-ok.

This is my revised 1975 LP mix (now called "California Feeling") and with a bonus imaginary LP from 1974 that would have been the last from the Rieley era (and one last LP with Blondie & Ricky). Enjoy!  

SWEET MOUNTAIN (1974) (38:30)
*Please note that this mix requires a stretch of imagination (many tracks without BB lead vocals). It is done in a similar mood to the So Tough/Holland-era and is more a fun compilation of outtakes like The Who's Odds & Sods or Led Zeppelin's Coda.

1. TM (Composer: Charles Lloyd)
2. HARD TIMES (Composer: Blondie Chaplin/Ricky Fataar)
3. OUT IN THE COUNTRY (Composer: Al Jardine/Brian Wilson/Don Goldberg)
4. SWEET AND BITTER (Composer: Mike Love/Don Goldberg)
5. CARRY ME HOME (Composer: Dennis Wilson)

6. WE GOT LOVE (Composer: Blondie Chaplin/Ricky Fataar/Mike Love)
7. AWAKE  (Composer: Brian Wilson/David Sandler)
8. ECOLOGY (Composer: Dennis Wilson)
9. IT'S A NEW DAY (Composer: Dennis Wilson, Daryl Dragon, & Stanley Shapiro)
10. SWEET MOUNTAIN (Composer: Brian Wilson/David Sandler)

**Thanks to Scott G for his great mixes!



- Switched "Rollin' Up To Heaven" with "Pacific Ocean Blue" remix (with 1975 backing track). RUTH is now the bonus hidden track at the end of the LP, courtesy of seltaeb1012002's great remix of the track.

- Changed California Feelin' mix by keeping the MIC box mix with the Carl-sung bootleg intro. Now with less snippets of the Brian '74 demo.

19  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Caribou Ranch (1975) fanmix on: April 26, 2018, 03:37:16 PM
Sheesh people. Can't you ever get satisfied with anything? Roll Eyes
Fine. Just replace "Rollin' Up To Heaven" with "Pacific Ocean Blue" if you "don't think the Beach Boys would have released such and such". Tired of all this hating. It's just a fun mix for all to enjoy.
20  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Caribou Ranch (1975) fanmix on: April 04, 2018, 02:02:59 PM
Good Timin and Back Home have always been criminally too short.  I probably would have started this album with River Song, then Good Timin'.  But in spite of a great idea, half of this material is still pretty weak and nothing special to me.  Shortenin' Bread, Barnyard Blues and Rollin' Up To Heaven are all meh which makes this too inconsistent to enjoy for me.  But thank you for sharing your project.

I completely disagree with you on this, as I think that Shortenin' Bread, Barnyard Blues and Rollin' Up To Heaven are all great tracks to me! Oh well, beauty is in the eye of the beholder... Wink
21  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Caribou Ranch (1975) fanmix on: April 01, 2018, 05:43:19 AM
We really need a release of the 1973-1975 material. Besides the Smile-era it might be the most interesting and certainly most pivotal period of their maturing career.

Absolutely! A few weeks ago, I wrote to Rhino Handmade to suggest such a project. Everyone who loves this era of recordings should do the same! Maybe around 2023-2025 we will finally get such a release...

I scoured the internet to find info on this particular era and really not much was written about it. I think it could really make a nice article (ESQ? maybe). Maybe with some input from Stephen Kalinich...has anyone ever contacted him on Facebook and asked about this period? I bet he could have some nice insight on unreleased tracks like "You're Riding High On The Music", "Just an Imitation", etc.
22  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Caribou Ranch (1975) fanmix on: March 31, 2018, 07:45:08 AM
Thanks for all the kind comments!

I fixed the timestamps on YT.  3D

For a FLAC version, PM please!

Lee, im' sorry you didn't like my California Feelin' remix, I tried my best to mix the '74 demo bits with the '78 version. You could either switch the track with the official '74 demo or '78 remix version from the MIC box (I do prefer the Carl-sung version myself, even if the Brian demo is a really interesting artifact and one of his last vocal with his "classic voice"). I do wish that someday, on a mega deluxe Dennis boxset, we'll hear the Carl scratch vocal for Holy Man...

23  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Caribou Ranch (1975) fanmix on: March 29, 2018, 05:45:55 AM
Hey everyone! It's been a long time since I posted here. I wanted to share my latest fanmix which is an attempt at a follow-up to The Beach Boys' Holland LP (aside from SMiLE, the other dear obsession of mine).

Mike Love, in a late '74 interview, talked about the unreleased new album:

"The band's new album is coming out in January (1975)(…) The album's a combination between Sunflower and Holland. It's got some of the feel that Holland had, but also sounds a bit like Sunflower in certain respects." (1974 interview with Harvey Kubernik)

This is the vibe I was going for with this mix. This LP is culled from the available '73 to '75 sessions (plus one '70 outtake). I wish that one day we'll be able to finally hear songs like "Just an Imitation", "Why Don't You Try Me?", "Earthquake Time", "Our Life Our Love Our Land", "Don't Let Me Go" and "Riding High on the Music"... 'until then, enjoy this "imaginary" LP! Smiley

The Beach Boys - Caribou Ranch (1975)
Produced by The Beach Boys
Musical directors: Dennis Wilson and James William Guercio

Side A  (16:40)

1. Good Timin' (Brian Wilson/Carl Wilson) (2:10)
- My own mix of both the '74 and '78 version.

2. The River Song (Dennis Wilson/Carl Wilson) (4:02)
- My own mix of both the '74 version with bits of the POB version.

3. Shortenin' Bread (arr. by Brian Wilson) (2:50)
- The great soniclovenoize's remix from his Adult/Child mix. Track was started in '73 and finished in '77.

4. Back Home (Brian Wilson/Al Jardine/Bob Norberg) (2:22)
- MIC Box version. A Sunflower-era outtake that fits the bill for the "Sunflower meets Holland" vibe I was going for and leads well into…

5. Barnyard Blues (Dennis Wilson/Carl Wilson) (2:33)
- MIC Box version

6. Rollin' Up To Heaven (Brian Wilson) (2:44)
- My own remix from a bootleg edit.

Side B  (17:40)

7. It's OK (Brian Wilson/Mike Love) (2:11)
- MIC Box version. Love that new intro that starts side B with a punch!

8. Rainbows (Dennis Wilson/Carl Wilson/Stephen Kalinich) (2:56)
- The longer fade version from CD re-issue.

9. Had To Phone Ya (Brian Wilson/Mike Love/Diane Rovell) (2:37)
- Scott G's great remix of the song

10. My Love Lives On (Dennis Wilson/Stephen Kalinich) (2:33)
- MIC Box version

11. California Feelin' (Brian Wilson/Stephen Kalinich) (2:55)
- My own mix of both the '78 version with bits of the Brian demo from '74.

12. Holy Man (Dennis Wilson/Carl Wilson/Gregg Jakobson/Hawkins) (4:25)
- From the Legacy 2CD set. In an alternate universe somewhere, Carl would have sung this one (the melody sung by Hawkins is actually based on Carl's scratch vocal from '74)
24  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Carry Me Home (best version) on: February 25, 2017, 08:04:39 AM
Found this on a boot the other day. I finally can hear that acoustic guitar on the track! Enjoy! Cool Guy
25  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Can't Wait Too Long experiment on: January 08, 2017, 09:34:51 AM
Happy New Year to all!

Here's a little experiment I did with different versions of Can't Wait Too Long/Been Way Too Long.
The pitch and synch aren't perfect but I just wanted to use every vocals available mixed into a single track.
Enjoy! Let me know what you think of it!
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